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Clan Forbes Society Newsletter

October 2019

Geordie, Master of Forbes, at Lonach Gathering


This past August, Geordie, the Master of Forbes, stepped out for the first time at the 2019 Lonach Gathering and Highland Games in Bellabeg, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. He was joined by his sister Iso and his grandfather, Clan Chief Malcolm, 23rd Lord Forbes. Lord Forbes reports that Geordie was most proud of his kilt and two eagle feathers, the badge of his position. Learn more here.

Genealogy Research Tips


Working on your genealogy? Check out our Genealogy Research Tips from experienced genealogist Patrick Cummins. He provides advice on software and online services that can help you out. Learn more here.

Welcome New Members!


Please welcome the new Active Members for September 2019: 


  • Jill Hazelbauer - Von der Ohe, Virginia

  • Susanne Lang, California

  • Linda Miller-Logan, Oklahoma

  • James Elliott Forbes, Virginia

  • Shari S. Forbes, California

  • Robert Allan Scott, Maine

  • Catherine Forbes McCausland, California

  • Ernest (Ernie) Walters, California

  • Fred Forbes, Florida

  • Jerry Wayne Forbes, Minnesota

  • Steven A. Forbes, Sr., Kentucky

  • John W. Forbes, Kansas

  • John Brice, South Dakota

  • Donald R. Slaybaugh, Montana

  • Debra Bernhart, Idaho


Your financial support of $25 for Active Membership will help the Society research the history and heritage of the House of Forbes; develop resources for tracing your genealogy with your cousins around the world; connect with other members in the Clan Forbes Community; and encourage more members to join us in events, tours and gatherings. If you know your genealogy, you can become a House of Forbes Member

Interested in representing Clan Forbes Society at one of these Games? Download the Clan Forbes Convener Guide and we'll help you!

House of Forbes in Ireland:
Earl of Granard 

Dominating the landscape between Lough Forbes on the Shannon River and Newtownforbes in County Longford in the Republic of Ireland, is Castleforbes – the ancestral home of the Earls of Granard. This noble branch of the Scottish House of Forbes was founded by Sir Arthur Forbes (1590 – 1632), son of William Forbes of Corse, first Baronet of Craigievar and a direct descendant of James Forbes, 2nd Lord Forbes. In 1670, his eldest son, Arthur, was appointed Privy Councillor of Ireland and Commander-in-Chief of the Army in Ireland. In 1684, King Charles II, bestowed the title of Earl of Granard. Learn more here

What’s Your Y-DNA Haplotype?


Bart Forbes is the new Forbes Y-DNA Surname group administrator at the DNA-testing service FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA). Not surprisingly, the largest percentage of members (38%) who indicate a country of origin (119), are from Scotland. The next largest percentages mention the United States (12%), Ireland (10%), United Kingdom (8%), and England (7%.)


For those members that indicate a Paternal Ancestor Name, the most recurring names and Halpogroups include:

  • John Forbes/Fobes (1610-1661) Bridgewater MA: I-M253 (3),
    J-M172 (1), R-M269 (1)

  • James Forbes (c.1635-1692) Hartford, CT: R-M269 (3)

  • James Forbes  (1657-1726) Riddle, NC: R-M269 (2)

Learn more here

Highland Games & Festivals